Magazine Dream at J. Rich


Michael Sjostedt: “Magazine Dream”
11-27 September 2015

Opening reception: 11 September, 5-8PM

Michael Sjostedt’s “Magazine Dream” is the first collection the artist created to suit a particular space–a modern men’s clothing store.

“J. Rich’s space has a modern, minimal aesthetic,” said Sjostedt. “Creating work to suit the environment challenged me to work with fewer design elements and embrace precision. This new direction aligns with my main visual inspiration: mid-century modern design and colour palette.”

Sjostedt sourced the majority of his imagery and design elements from magazines and sewing pattern books from the 1950s and 1960s. All pieces measure 17″x14″ and are handmade using the traditional cut and paste collage technique.

Michael Sjostedt is a western Massachusetts-based collage artist and event organizer. In 2014, he curated “Recipher: Coding with Collage“, which Kolaj reported on in Issue 9. “Recipher” was a 10-person show that explored how collage can be used to reinterpret and repurpose the messages and representations in mass communication into something more elusive and personal. He’s also the founder of LOOP Upcycled Art Market, which showcases artisans who specialize in handmade art and craft using repurposed materials.

(text adapted from the artist’s press materials)


J. Rich Clothing for Men
153 Main Street
Northampton, Massachusetts 01060 USA
(413) 586-6336

Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 10AM-6PM
Thursday, 10AM-7PM
Sunday, Noon-5PM


Alteration III
by Michael Sjostedt
Cut and paste collage on recycled paper
Courtesy of the artist